Middle East

July, 2014

  • 2 July

    ISIS: The Spoils of the ‘Great Loot’ in the Middle East

    Military intervention in Iraq by the United States and its allies will accelerate the divisions in the Middle East. If the White House is serious about stemming the chaos, it should stop fueling the Syrian civil war, lean on the Gulf monarchies to end their sectarian jihad against Shiites, pressure the Israelis to settle with the Palestinians, and end the campaign to isolate Iran.

June, 2014

  • 23 June

    Egypt’s Contempt for Press Freedom 

    Sisi has led a crackdown on any political dissent since Mohamad Morsi’s ousting by the military in July 2013. Islamists and Brotherhood supporters, prominent human rights advocates and protestors have all come under attack with an estimated 41,000 arrested since the military takeover. The al Jazeera verdicts surely highlight the reality of the current state of media freedom in Egypt and the grim continuation of the regime’s crackdown.

  • 16 June

    Gaddafi’s Long Shadow on Libya

    Libya's leaders -- and their Western benefactors -- have no choice but to consider and address the effects of Gaddafi's legacy on public attitudes and official behavior. But they must also accept that only modernization of Libya's state and society -- the agenda that Gaddafi pursued, albeit in a perverted form -- will ensure the country's survival.

  • 16 June

    Obama Out of Options as ISIS Surges in Iraq?

    Obama has been forced to chose between courses of action which all seem likely to end badly, and this is the legacy of the American decision to invade and occupy Iraq in 2003. That is the original sin of American strategic miscalculation in the 21st century, and it will continue to define the terms of its engagement with the region for the foreseeable future.

  • 13 June

    Why Elections in Egypt, Syria And Algeria Are Undemocratic

    The repression in Egypt, the war in Syria and the political suffocation in Algeria make conditions for an election impossible, with even nominal campaigning by challengers inconceivable. Besides, the scale of the victory comes with a whiff of the ridiculous. The point was not to secure a victory in these elections — which was inevitable — but to secure a mandate with a high turnout.

May, 2014

  • 29 May

    Whither Christianity in the Holy Land?

    The failures of the latest John Kerry-led negotiations and Israel's continued annexation of the West Bank undoubtedly make Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew think that, indeed, time is running out for the living Christianity in the Holy Land.

  • 16 May

    Islam And the West: Drifting Away?

    Are Western and Islamic societies getting closer or drifting away from each other? In an age of globalization, one would expect the loosening of rigid cultural borders and civilizational boundaries. Yet the fact is that the perceptual gap created by political and ideological differences between Islamic and Western societies is getting deeper and making it more difficult to carry out …

April, 2014

  • 24 April

    Moving Beyond Iraq’s Nightmare

    Next week’s general elections (on April 30) in Iraq are the first to be held since the US military withdrawal in 2011. Some analysts claim that because the Americans are no longer present the exercise is attracting less attention. However, there may be another reason for the relative decline in interest regarding how Iraqis vote.   Over the past decade, …

March, 2014

  • 28 March

    The Unraveling of the Saudi-US Alliance

    When President Barack Obama visits the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) during the last days of March, the biggest challenge facing the US as the main country fighting the “War on Terror” is that its most important Arab ally is the major sponsor of ideologies and groups perpetrating terror and supporting terrorists in many Muslim countries, especially in Syria, Iraq, …

  • 28 March

    Turkey in Turmoil

    A little more than a decade ago, the Turkish Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and its main protagonist, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, celebrated a historic electoral victory. Founded in 2001, the AKP mobilized a broad alliance —consisting of religious and social conservatives, members of the newly emergent Anatolian middle class, and liberal Turks frustrated with the coalition government of the …